12/8/14 24 °C
Our day began with a trip to Osaka Castle (have I mentioned I've been riding the train alone? [it's only for one or two stations, but still very exciting]). At a steep ¥600 entry fee I was hoping for more…interesting things. The blame completely falls on me, since my interests lie in more Western (Southern US and European) history. Going up 8 flights of stairs in a hot, packed building was not an ideal start to the day, but I do have to say there were some really awesome points about the trip: (I acknowledge that I am the pooper of parties)
- Totally got to see some armour and writing from forever ago. I couldn't imagine wearing any of that in this weather.
- Hand-fed pigeons, totally worth it.
- Met a really cute dog.
- Just had a good day in general…
So after all that we headed down into the subway to go to Shinsaibashi and had a meeting of fate with Mothra…
Mothra's wings were so soft i can't even
Then we finally made it to Shinsaibashi. I talked my friend into letting me go to Nipponbashi for some souvenir and Hetalia hunting. I found both.
I didn't take a single picture of Nipponbashi, mainly because I was focused on not wanting to get talked to by a maid or hit on by various types of "partners". I feel that all in all Japan is like most other countries - you have your bad places and good places. Nipponbashi is fairly safe, but it's a different world than, say, Ishibashi. There are people smoking everywhere, you can spot male and female (I don't know the right word, they pretty much accompany you for drinks and such…not necessarily prostitutes) 'partners' from a mile away, and the traffic here is crazy. I'm not saying it is bad, just different. You can immediately see that once you step out of the subway station and into the streets.
But because I'm tired here is a basic summary of Shinsaibashi and Nipponbashi, you can find videos of both places on YouTube:
Lots of fashion stores, omiyage gift shops are found here and there as well. I didn't see any anime/manga stuff besides some Gachapon machines here and there...It's more of a shopping street with many people and not so many cars.
Lots of anime, manga and cosplay stores, also quite a few maid cafés. Stores are separated on streets (there is namely Namco, Animate, Gee! Store, and the Gundam store there) with a lot of people and a lot of traffic. I wouldn't take young kids there/easily offended people because there is a ton of hentai stuff scattered around. I didn't expect less, but it still scarred me.